Being wealthy & planet-conscious? Designing an abundant life that doesn’t cost the earth

In a business money mindset group I’m part of, another member recently asked about how to reconcile her desire for a wealthy life with her focus on sustainability and concern about the planet.

It got me thinking.

We often associate wealth with waste, excess, and materialism.

When you’re in high-income neighbourhoods, it’s normal to see huge gas-guzzling SUVs everywhere (ok, maybe less so here in Scandinavia, the land of the Tesla). It’s normal to travel greater distances more frequently. It’s also normal to buy more and have a disposable attitude.

There’s something to that, for sure. But the inverse – struggling to make ends meet – isn’t perfect either.

Although it still often does, wealth doesn’t have to cost the earth.

It doesn’t have to be the example you follow. And I hope it won’t for the generations coming through now.

There’s another option, in which you put your money towards the businesses and priorities you want to support.

Wealth can give you more power to design an abundant life that doesn’t cost the earth. You have more resources (usually both time and money) to:

  • Choose more sustainably produced food.
  • Support local businesses.
  • Travel more slowly and sustainably (read The Flightless Traveller by Emma Gregg if you want some inspiration).
  • Buy for life with better quality materials (and get things fixed when they break).
  • Choose a home that’s better for the planet.
  • Select low-waste or zero-waste options.
  • Buy an electric vehicle (or just a really nice bike).

Wealth doesn’t mean earning $X a year. It can mean having enough financial support to create the life you want to live, starting with slowing down and being more conscious of your decisions.

The world needs more people on bikes who love nature and nurture beautiful gardens for bees, butterflies, and homegrown food.

We need inspiring, planet-friendly spaces to live in, work in, and enjoy each other’s company in.

We need thriving businesses with diverse leaders at their helm who can support and inspire the communities around them.

We need the people who can vote with their cash to make decisions that positively benefit our world.

In your life, how can you build wealth and use it to make the greatest impact – starting with your lifestyle and daily decisions?

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Lucy Fuggle
I'm Lucy – an adventurer, writer, author of Mountain Song: A Journey to Finding Quiet in the Swiss Alps, and creator of Live Wildly.